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Nvidia reaches out to VCs to fund and build the AI ecosystem


Nvidia has come across more than 1,300 AI startups in its Inception program, but the graphics and AI chip maker believes that there aren't enough artificial intelligence startups out there. Jeff Herbst, vice president of business development, said that Nvidia wants to partner with venture capitalists to fund even more AI startups that will build out the necessary parts of the ecosystem for AI, which is expected to become a huge part of the technology landscape going forward. He said the doors are open to partnering because there are so many more startups than Nvidia can help or finance on its own. Nvidia held a lunch on Thursday at its GPU Technology Conference to enlist dozens of venture capitalists in its crusade to change the world through artificial intelligence. Five startups made presentations to the VCs during the lunch, and Herbst spoke with Jim McHugh, general manager of Nvidia's deep learning group, about the trends that will create opportunities for AI startups in the future.

Nvidia is interacting with hundreds of deep-learning startups


Nvidia chief executive Jen-Hsun Huang said that deep-learning artificial intelligence has become a new computing platform, and the company is dealing with hundreds of startups in the space that plan to take advantage of the platform. Speaking at the GPUTech conference in San Jose, California, Huang noted that 5 billion was invested last year in A.I. startups, and there are probably a thousand companies working on the technology for applications ranging from face recognition to self-driving cars. "Deep learning is not an industry," he said. "Deep learning is going to be in every industry. Deep learning is going to be in every application."

Nvidia creates a 15B-transistor chip for deep learning


Nvidia chief executive Jen-Hsun Huang announced that the company has created a new chip, the Tesla P100, with 15 billion transistors for deep-learning computing. It's the biggest chip ever made, Huang said. Huang made the announcement during his keynote at the GPUTech conference in San Jose, California. He unveiled the chip after he said that deep-learning artificial intelligence chips have already become the company's fastest-growing business. "We are changing so many things in one project," Huang said.

Android Nougat leaps ahead of iOS 10


All this while iOS 10 - still in the beta stage - feels like it's in the doldrums. See also: How to jump the queue and download Android 7.0 Nougat now Nougat seems to have been a smooth release for Google, with no reports of any widespread issues, which you'd expect from the fact that Google keeps a tight grip over the Nexus hardware ecosystem. However, given that Apple has an equally tight control over its hardware ecosystem, and yet still manages to fumble, I think a problem-free release is noteworthy. Nougat also contains some rather nice features that I'm sure that iOS users would like to see come to the iPhone and iPad. With these Nougat features, it's clear that Google is focusing on usability and battery efficiency, which are things that users are asking for.

I'm held hostage by my iPhone, but I'm planning to make a break for freedom


You know what they say about karma. I was happy to give Apple big bucks in exchange for hardware that suited my needs and gave me a few years of trouble-free service. Those days seem to be long gone. I've already had the hassle of having to replace the battery in a device that was only two years old, and the battery in my new iPhone 8 Plus is being battered at a rate that's far faster than any previous iPhone I've owned. Digital ecosystems are strange things in that you don't really start to feel the boundaries until you're already closed in, and by then it's usually too late - or at least close to being too late - to do much about it.